A seminar on the major films of Luchino Visconti, Robert Bresson, and Jean-Marie Straub (and Daniele Huillet) and their literary sources. All three filmmakers made important and eccentric adaptations of major literary texts.
Sample reading list:
Verga, The House by the Medlar Tree (I Malavolgia)
Boll, Not Reconciled
Dostoyevsky, White Nights
See instructor for complete list
Three hours of film screenings, approximately seventy pages of reading each week. Three short papers (approx five pages) one each on a film not discussed in seminar by Visconti, Bresson, and Straub/Huillet.